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Ignite Intimacy

Hey Listener! Welcome to the Ignite Intimacy Podcast--One Woman’s journey to discovering love. I’m your host, Laura Aiisha. Join me weekly to tackle topics like developing deeper intimacy, matching romantic relationships to your desires, embracing your confidence, empowering communication and navigating seasons of singleness. Get ready to awaken a deep sense of love, intimacy and sexual freedom by igniting yourself, weekly, with me. In each episode you’ll find: *Practical ways to open your heart *Inspiration to be BOLD *Honest experiences from my journey to love *Experts you can trust to guide your path
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A podcast diving deep into the realms of INTIMACY, Romantic Relationships, SEXUALITY, and the plethora of issues, aha’s, TABOOS, Fantasies, and psychological impacts and many layers of these topics including: redefining our relationship to Intimacy; JEALOUSY; Infidelity; the secret sauce to Long-Term Fulfilling Relationships; OPEN  Relationships; Polyamory; Physical, Psychic, & Spiritual Attachments; MONOGAMY; Self-Pleasuring; the Freedom that comes with Transparency; Honesty vs. Dishonesty; the long term impact of KEEPING SECRETS; Communication; DESIRE; Chasing vs. Attracting - and more!

We will be featuring special guests, experts, and everyday people who’ve got stories to tell and opinions to share about LoveRomanceIntimacy, and Sexuality. The point is to get this conversation out there in a much bigger way. This is not a typical ‘interview’ style program - it’s an ongoing conversation. My guests and I will go back and forth and roll with the energy and topics as they present themselves.


Ready to turn on the conversation?!!

For more Ignite Intimacy goodness, check out our website: www.igniteintimacy.com
Apr 23, 2019

I was introduced to Dakota Chanel through Damiana Rahshelle after a serendipitous meeting in Los Angeles. Dakota is deeply connected to the sacred waters of our planet and those of our inner bodies. 

Dakota has been on a journey of healing sexual wounding, spending time in celibacy, and now embracing a deeply sensual partnership with herself and her life partner as she journey’s into full self and erotic expression. 

Join Water Priestess, Mystic and Writer, Dakota Chanel and I as we dive deep into the oceans of our inner waters, the sacredness of water and human fluids, the flow of our sexuality and consciousness and our connection to all that ebbs and flows on Episode 114 of Ignite Intimacy!

About Dakota

Dakota Chanel is an Ordained Water Priestess, Mystic, and Writer. She knows in every cell of her being that we are the children of the most beautiful love story in the universe. She guides woman into their own gnosis through 1:1 mentorship journeys, group programs & retreats. Dakota lives heaven on earth, barefoot in dresses, being a mermaid, and celebrating the magic of life with her beloved on the island of Maui.

Connect with Dakota
Resources:
The hidden message of water by Dr. Masaru Emoto
 
 
*Listen through the end of this episode where Noelle, Scribe of personalized erotica, love stories, and poems will be sharing another one of her pieces with us. For more from Noelle, visit her website at  Museoferotica.carrd.co or connect with her via email at museoferotica@yahoo.com *
Apr 17, 2019
I’ll always remember when I was broken to the core, at the very beginning of a long healing journey to mend a shattered heart and soul, and my twin sis and I got into a massive fight outside of her little home in Haiku, Maui. She said, ‘You have to love yourself, Laura!’ 
 
I had no idea what she meant. I couldn’t even place it… there was nothing to compare it to or balance it off of. I had no idea what she was talking about. 
 
Self Love.
 
13 years ago I began the journey. One foot in front of the other.
 
And, although this episode is not about the specifics of what brought me to my knees and thus home to myself, it is about a self care practice that I’ve generated over the last few years that was completely foreign to me and has supported me on a daily basis to get connected to gratitude, my body and the magic within each day.
 
So join me, your hostess with the mostess, Ms. Laura Aiisha, as I share my morning self care routine, which alleviates anxiety, grounds me in my body, generates gratitude and elevates my energy and cells for an activated juicy day… everyday on Episode 113 of Ignite Intimacy!
 
About Me:
 
 
In 2006, after a career on the business side of music, television and film, I began supporting small businesses internationally with new business development consulting. My twin sistar, Sarah Haykel and I, were featured speakers for TedxBuffaloWomen in 2013, and in 2014/15 I released 7 original songs that I’ve been performing nationwide. During the Summer of 2016 I launched the ‘Ignite Intimacy’ podcast, which focuses on intimacy, romantic relationships and sexuality. And, in 2017 I co-founded a project called 'Inclusive Conversations' bringing women of color and white women together to discuss the issues that separate us. I’m a Mom to a 21-year young daughter, West African dancer, cookie baker, music lover and world traveler currently nomading between the US and Mexico while working remotely!
 
Contact:
 
Email
Website
Facebook
Instagram
Apr 9, 2019

Craig Cullinane has been on a powerful journey of healing shame in his own life while also providing access to that healing for students of the New Body Electric School.

This episode flowed so beautifully and is filled with discovery, connection and bravery. 

Craig and I offer a simple yet powerful exercise for each of us to tap into our own pleasure and our own self care at the end of the episode. So tune in and take it all in for a journey into healing body shame, erotic shame, the power of prioritizing pleasure, self love practices and worthiness on Episode 112 of Ignite Intimacy!

About Craig

 
Craig Cullinane
Craig Cullinane is a Faculty member and the Managing Director of the New Body Electric School, the mission of which is to offer expertly guided educational experiences grounded in the erotic and its integration with the sacred, to foster transformative personal and communal healing. Craig is a social justice and diversity educator, having received his Master's degree in Intercultural Management from the SIT Graduate Institute.
 
Connect:
 
The New Body Electric School
 
 
**Listen through the end of this episode where Noelle, Scribe of personalized erotica, love stories, and poems will be sharing another one of her pieces with us. For more from Noelle, visit her website at Museoferotica.carrd.co or connect with her via email at museoferotica@yahoo.com**
Apr 2, 2019
Corinne Loperfido is one of a kind in every sense. I remember first meeting her in a loft building in downtown Los Angeles where she was living at the time. When I walked into her place it was like the most beautiful explosion of creative expression, color, sound, sensuality, bold imagery, pussy power jewelry just enveloped me and drew me in. I HAD to know this wild and wonderful woman!
 
We’ve stayed in touch and now two years later have connected worlds between New Orleans (where Corinne is living out of her van at the moment), and Los Angeles (where I was visiting), to record a conversation for y’all!
 
Join Corinne and I as we go in on a conversation that dips in and out of embodying bold, clear and powerful communication in our relationships, toxic masculinity, freedom of self expression and movement, courage, creating a zero waste lifestyle, recreating our societal funk, choice, personal power and more on Episode 111 of Ignite Intimacy!
 
About Corinne:
 
Corinne Loperfido
 
Corinne is a true Renaissance woman, currently living nomadically and travelling the US in her van, who has always been driven to break boundaries and transcend social norms. Whether she’s making wearable art or producing an event, she lives to give people an eye-opening experience of new possibilities. She created Pussy Power House in 2017 to host events and interactive art installations with and for other women. It is an ever expanding community of educators, healers, artists, and activists who have joined forces to promote self-love and personal expression by facilitating mindful events, workshop, and group art projects focused on women's empowerment.
 
Connect:
Instagram @corinneloperfido + @pvssypowerhouse
 
**Listen through the end of this episode where Noelle, Scribe of personalized erotica, love stories, and poems will be sharing another one of her pieces with us. For more from Noelle, visit her website at  Museoferotica.carrd.co or connect with her via email at museoferotica@yahoo.com **
 
Mar 26, 2019
I recently met Estrella Jaramillo at a conference for health and technology companies and was immediately taken by her energy and presence. 
 
Estrella has been focusing for the last several years on building and creating tools and services to support women to deal with the anxiety and stress related to their bodies, sexuality and gender equity. Because we’ve been focusing on sexual health in March and will shift our focus to how we view, treat and take care of our bodies in April, this is a perfect bridge between both conversations. 
 
Please join us for a powerful conversation where Estrella and I discuss women’s sexual health, the pelvic floor, anxiety, body image and tackling taboos on Episode 110 of Ignite Intimacy!

About Estrella

Estrella Jaramillo is the Cofounder of B-wom, a digital health solution for women. She is a passionate women's health advocate who aims to eradicate the anxiety women suffer when it comes to their bodies and their intimate issues. Estrella conducts women's health workshops and awareness sessions at private corporations, as well as for international institutions like the World Bank. 

Connect with Estrella

Social: @estrellajrios 
Resources
 
Pelvic floor, Intimate and sexual health - http://b-wom.com
Sexual health, Reproductive health: https://www.cyclesandsex.com
Sexed and emotional health support https://talktabu.com
 
Mar 19, 2019
Lauren Weiniger is a powerful lady who knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship, investing, startups and technology. 

The idea for Lauren’s latest company is out to disrupt the STI screening space giving anyone access to testing and sharing their results with chosen partners, empowering us to get tested and disclose!

Join Entrepreneuer, advisor and tech enthusiast, Lauren Weiniger and I as we continue our ‘Making Disclosure Sexy’ conversation from SXSW about sexual health, the power of technology to get tested and share your results with partners and how to practice safer sex in the digital age on Episode 109 of Ignite Intimacy!!
 
About Lauren
 
Lauren Weiniger
 
Lauren Weiniger is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of SAFE, a personal sexual healthcare company that has created the easiest way to get tested for STIs and verify the health status of potential partners. The SAFE App lets people import their STI results from almost doctor, clinic, or lab for free, and show their verified status privately on their phone. More than an App, SAFE is a Movement: A coalition of influential supporters on a mission to disrupt the spread of STDs in our lifetime.
 
Connect:
Instagram: @thesafeapp
 
*NEW* Listen through the end of this episode where Noelle, Scribe of personalized erotica, love stories, and poems will be sharing another one of her pieces with us. For more from Noelle, visit her website at  Museoferotica.carrd.co or connect with her via email at museoferotica@yahoo.com
Mar 12, 2019

Wow Ignite Intimacy Community!!! What an honor and amazing experience it was to record this episode LIVE from the SXSW stage in Austin TX this weekend!!

Tune in for an open, transparent, empowering conversation about sexual health, STD testing, receding a positive STI diagnosis and how to take care of yourself, how and when to disclose your STI status and dispelling the myths and stigmas around STI screening and Herpes on Episode 108 of Ignite Intimacy!

And, THANK YOU for tuning in week after week. We love you and wouldn’t be here without your love and support!! 

Please subscribe on iTunes and leave us a rating and review so that more people can know about this podcast!

 
About Our Guests:
 
Courtney Brame:
Courtney Brame
 
Courtney is a podcast host who has coordinated a space of understanding for other humans living with and/or affected by sexually transmitted infections. He hopes that sharing his experiences can help others find a new, positive perspective and flourish despite their diagnoses.

Connect:
Instagram: @HOnMyChest
Tumblr: @HOnMyChest
Reddit: @HOnMyChest
Facebook Page: Something Positive for Positive People
Twitter: @HOnMychest
Podcast Site
 
Ashley Manta:
 
Ashley Manta

Ashley Manta has become a sought-after authority on mindfully combining sex and cannabis as part of her CannaSexual® brand. As a professional sex educator and coach, she helps people navigate these topics to make sure they are interacting, loving, and feeling their best in and out of the bedroom. 

Connect:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram: @cannasexual
 
Lauren Weiniger:
 
Lauren Weiniger
 
Lauren is the founder of The Safe App, the app that keeps you and your sexual health in check.
 
Connect:
Instagram: @thesafeapp
Mar 5, 2019
I had the pleasure of seeing Doug Braun-Harvey speak at Esther Perel’s event in NYC last November. His energy, authenticity and approach to sexual health lit something up inside of me. 
 
Because of our upcoming podcast recording at SXSW focusing on Making Disclosure Sexy I knew I wanted to feature this brilliant, loving and powerful man for all of you to experience.
 
Join us as we have a dynamic conversation about addiction, sexuality, the power of learning and facilitating sexual health conversations, consent and pleasure on Episode 107 of Ignite Intimacy!!
 
About Doug
 
Doug Braun-Harvey
 
Doug Braun-Harvey is a sexual health author, trainer, and psychotherapist who bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change. He co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for Improving health care through integration of sexual health.  A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor and Certified Sex Therapist, Doug has been providing individual and group therapy in his San Diego private practice since 1987.
 
Connect:
 
 
Resources
 
*NEW* Listen through the end of this episode where Noelle, Scribe of personalized erotica, love stories, and poems will be sharing another one of her pieces with us. For more from Noelle, visit her website at  Museoferotica.carrd.co or connect with her via email at museoferotica@yahoo.com
 
*SXSW LIVE RECORDING*
Are you attending SXSW in Austin?! Then join us for our LIVE Ignite Intimacy podcast happening at SXSW in Austin, TX on March 9, 2019 from 9:30-10:30AM. For more information, check out our page on the SXSW website here, and if you're in town for the conference we'd love to have you favorite the podcast and attend!
Feb 26, 2019

Paul Browde is a brilliant, beautiful and loving human being. I had the pleasure of witnessing Paul demonstrate a connection practice he uses with his couple clients at Esther Perel’s event in NYC last November. Paul blew me away with his energy, authenticity, generosity and grace. This man has a way with getting straight to your heart in his every way of being.

We sat next to each other during the first part of the day and, getting to know each other a bit, I knew I sharing Paul and his work on Ignite Intimacy would be powerful.

Join doctor, psychiatrist, storyteller and relationship therapist, Paul Browde and I as we do a deep dive into romantic relationships, listening, being with others, non judgement, connection, developing intimacy, the power of a simple apology and dreaming together on Episode 106 of Ignite Intimacy!

*NEW* Listen through the end of this episode where Noelle, Scribe of personalized erotica, love stories, and poems will be sharing another one of her pieces with us. For more from Noelle, visit her website at  Museoferotica.carrd.co or connect with her via email at museoferotica@yahoo.com

 
*SXSW LIVE RECORDING*
Are you attending SXSW in Austin?! Then join us for our LIVE Ignite Intimacy podcast happening at SXSW in Austin, TX on March 9, 2019 from 9:30-10:30AM. For more information, check out our page on the SXSW website here, and if you're in town for the conference we'd love to have you favorite the podcast and attend!
 
About Paul
 
Paul Browde headshot
 
Paul Browde is a medical doctor, and psychiatrist in private practice in New York City, where he works using narrative approaches to treat individuals and couples, and as an Encounter Centered Trainer, guiding couples in the art of communicating beyond the survival dance.

Connect:
 
Website

TED talk

https://kripalu.org/presenters-programs/presenters/paul-browde

https://narativ.com/

https://www.narrativemedicine.org/team_members/paul-browde/
 
 
 
Feb 19, 2019

Damiana Rahshelle and I met as I was standing outside of Christina Weber's (Episode 65) annual fundraising event Feminine Weapon. I was immediately taken by her gorgeous energy, open heart and the love pouring out of her.

We discussed self-love, the power of releasing, turning on our sensual energy and magnetism and I said ohhhh YES!!! We MUST have you on the podcast during the month of February when we’re discussing V-Day, self love and all of this juicy goodness!

During this episode you will experience two deep meditations that we encourage you to create the time and space to dive into, with your journal available to write out anything that comes to you. It was so deeply healing for me to sit through these meditations with Damiana!

Enjoy my conversation with Damiana Rahshelle as we go on a journey into the soul, into the heart and into the depths of the love, pleasure and joy that is available to us as we choose to begin each day creating and connecting to our magic within on Episode 105 of Ignite Intimacy!!

Make sure you stay tuned for the end of this episode Noelle, Scribe of personalized erotica, love stories, and poems will be sharing another one of her pieces with us. For more from Noelle, visit her website at  Museoferotica.carrd.co or connect with her via email at museoferotica@yahoo.com
 
About Damiana
 
Damiana is an Intuitive Holistic Healer helping guide people to heal on all levels ~ Mind, Body & Spirit. She specializes in Love, Relationship & Empowerment Coaching and is a Ritual Prayerformance Artist & Sound Healer with a focus on Wombyn's EmpowHerment & awakening the Divine Feminine within the Masculine. She shares her offerings through 1 on 1 Coaching, immersive experience Workshops & Retreats, Transformational Speaking, Oracular Readings, Content Creation & giving her Musical Medicine to the World.

Connect:
Instagram
Facebook
Website
Yelp Page
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And finally, remember our LIVE Ignite Intimacy podcast happening at SXSW in Austin, TX on March 9, 2019 from 9:30-10:30AM. For more information, check out our page on the SXSW website here, and if you're in town for the conference we'd love to have you favorite the podcast and attend!
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